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#1 LSP_Kevin

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 01:39 AM

As promised folks, here's the opening salvo to my HK Models test shot build. This kit arrived without a box or instructions, and with test decals that I'm told do not meet production standards in terms of colour fidelity. I have some rudimentary assembly instructions in PDF format, but no painting and marking guide. So, here's a teaser shot of a pile of sprues:

 

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For more photos and sprue shots, check out the preview I did from a couple of weeks ago, and also the associated forum discussion.

 

The reason I'm starting this thread now, rather than when I've got some actual progress to show, is that I have no idea what colours to paint the cockpit. And of course, that's where I'd like to start! As best as I can determine it appears to require a combination of black and interior green, but I'd love to hear from anybody with some definitive info.

 

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 01:43 AM

Kev

Eagerly looking  forward to following the build as the kit is on my must buy list

Peter


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#3 Michael Satin

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 01:57 AM

As I said on FB, both the Classic Airframes 1/48 kit and the Modellers Datafile on the Meatbox indicate black for the F.Mk.IV.  I don't see any indication of interior green.

 

Looking forward to the build!

 

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 01:59 AM

BTW, would you like a scan of the CA instruction?  They might help on the build.  Let me know!

 

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 02:02 AM

BTW, would you like a scan of the CA instruction?  They might help on the build.  Let me know!

 

Michael

 

Thanks Michael, that would be most useful! Can you email it to me?

 

Kev



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 02:07 AM

Kevin,  Will be following your build.  I got one of these on the wish list.  Dan



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 02:19 AM

On their way!  Let me know if the resolution is OK.

 

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 02:27 AM

On their way!  Let me know if the resolution is OK.

 

Michael

 

Thanks Michael - all good!

 

Kev



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 02:29 AM

Excellent!  Looking forward to seeing you work your magic!

 

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 02:36 AM

Thanks Michael. This will be pretty close to OOB, just so we can all see how it goes together. Though I wouldn't mind a set of aftermarket seat belts. Any suggestions?

Kev



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 03:37 AM

Looks like a pretty standard Sutton harness, though I may be wrong on this one.

 

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 04:39 AM

Looks like a neat kit.  I plan on watching.

 

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 05:24 AM

If you need Sutton Harness hardware and correct instructions, check out:

 

 

Thanks in advance fo looking !


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Posted 22 December 2013 - 06:16 AM

Hi Fred,

 

Is there meant to be a link in your post somewhere?

 

Kev



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 06:40 AM

OK, I've started snipping plastic off the sprues. My sample shipped with extensive bubble wrap, but in a relatively flimsy plain cardboard box, so the trailing edge of one of the wing roots suffered some crush damage:

 

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This shouldn't pose too much of an issue, and I'd imagine the final retail package won't suffer from this possibility.

 

One thing I noticed immediately is that the sprue attachment points are on the mating faces of the parts, rather than their outer visible surfaces:

 

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This is a double-edged sword. On the positive side of the ledger, it means that clean up - when done carefully! - should not mar the visible surfaces of the kit. On the negative, injudicious use of the sanding stick will produce a local depression in the plastic that could result in gaps come assembly time. On the whole though, I think I prefer this approach than the other, which risks damage to surface detail.

 

Here's the fuselage taped together after cleaning up the sprue attachment points:

 

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The fit is pretty good, though not completely crisp along the mating edges, and there's a notable 'unfinished' look to the plastic either side of the seam line:

 

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This will be taken care of during the clean up of the fuselage seams, but it did strike me as a little odd. Here's the wing assembly similarly cleaned up and taped together:

 

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And then the two assemblies brought together:

 

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Fit is pretty good, though the trailing edge of the wing roots will need careful assembly and clamping to ensure there are no steps:

 

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I suspect a little bit of filler will be required, but nothing too dramatic. Next up I'll start work on the cockpit.

 

Kev


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